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Pennsylvania and New Jersey Car Accident Law: What You Need to Know About Defendants' Negligence

Published: 6/22/2012

Car accidents happen everyday, and many of the accidents cause significant injuries to the victims. 

Car accidents are caused by the negligence of the driver at fault, which can consist of the  following:

  • driving the car without paying attention to the presence of other cars on the road;
  • driving the car too fast;
  • following too closely to the car in front;
  • failing to use due care while driving the car; and
  • operating the car in a careless, reckless and negligent manner.

When the driver at fault is driving a company vehicle such as a delivery truck, the driver's employer can also be found liable for the car accident and the injuries suffered by the victims.  The company's negligence can consist of the following:

  • failing to properly investigate and monitor the driver's driving ability; and
  • hiring an individual unqualified to perform the functions of a driver.

IPa and NJ Car accident lawyersn general, drivers have the duty to drive their vehicles, i.e. motorcycles, cars, mini-vans and trucks, with reasonable and ordinary care and with due regard for the safety of other people traveling on the road.  Failure to do so leads to car accidents and crashes.

Injured victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey car accidents can recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and even punitive damages in certain situations.  To learn more about the types of damages an injured party can recover, click here to access our legal article: Pennsylvania & New Jersey Car Accident Law - What Can You Recover in a Car Accident Lawsuit.

In any car accident, it is important that you call the police immediately to ensure that the accident is documented.  Further, it is important to seek medical treatment after the accident if you are injured.

Related Legal Article: After a Pennsylvania Car Accident | Philadelphia Injury Lawyer

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